Lots of people talk to animals... Not very many listen, though... That's the problem.

— Benjamin Hoff

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When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.

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You'd be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.

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The Universe knows what it's doing. So don't develop a big ego, and don't be afraid.

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Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you've got.

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The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard - one that thinks too much.

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But isn't the knowledge that comes from experience more valuable than the knowledge that doesn't? It seems fairly obvious to some of us that a lot of scholars need to go outside and sniff around - walk through the grass, talk to the animals. That sort of thing.

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While Eeyore frets ... ... and Piglet hesitates ... and Rabbit calculates ... and Owl pontificates ...Pooh just is.

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"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.

"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever." "And he has Brain." "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain." There was a long silence. "I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."

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"What's that?" the Unbeliever asked. "Wisdom from the Western Taoist," I said. "It sounds like something from Winnie-the-Pooh," he said. "It is," I said. "That's not about Taoism," he said. "Oh, yes it is," I said.

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Everything has its own place and function.

That applies to people, although many don't seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don't belong.

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A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn't really care, wisdom does.

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If people were superior to animals, they'd take good care of them," said Pooh.

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About Benjamin Hoff

Quotes 76 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong.

You also know where you don't belong.

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Things just happen in the right way, at the right time.

At least when you let them, when you work with circumstances instead of saying, 'This isn't supposed to be happening this way,' and trying harder to make it happen some other way.

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The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can't save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.

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To know the way, we go the way, we do the way.

The way we do, the things we do, it's all there in front of you. But if you try too hard to see it, you'll only become confused. I am me and you are you. As you can see; but when you do the things that you can do, you will find the way. The way will follow you.

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The masters of life know the way, for they listen to the voice within them, the voice of wisdom and simplicity, the voice that reasons beyond cleverness and knows beyond knowledge.

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We simply need to believe in the power that's within us, and use it.

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Wisdom, Happiness, and Courage are not waiting somewhere out beyond sight at the end of a straight line; they're part of a continuous cycle that begins right here. They're not only the ending, but the beginning as well.

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Sourness and bitterness come from the interfering and unappreciative mind.

Life itself, when understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet. That is the message of The Vinegar Tasters.

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Life itself, when understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet.

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Like silence after noise, or cool, clear water on a hot, stuffy day, Emptiness cleans out the messy mind and charges up the batteries of spiritual energy. Many people are afraid of Emptiness, however, because it reminds them of Loneliness.

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Enjoy the simple, the natural and the plain.

Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work.

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A well-frog cannot imagine the ocean, nor can a summer insect conceive of ice.

How then can a scholar understand the Tao? He is restricted by his own learning.

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Through working in harmony with life's circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may percieve as negative into something positive.

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Now, scholars can be very useful and necessary, in their own dull and unamusing way. They provide a lot of information. It's just that there is Something More, and that Something More is what life is really all about.

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The play-it-safe pessimists of the world never accomplish much of anything, because they don't look clearly and objectively at situations, they don't recognize or believe in their own abilities to overcome even the smallest amount of risk.

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How can you get very far, If you don't know who you are? How can you do what you ought, If you don't know what you've got? And if you don't know which to do Of all the things in front of you, Then what you'll have when you are through Is just a mess without a clue Of all the best that can come true If you know What and Which and Who.

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Pooh is able to accomplish what he does because he is simpleminded.

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The wise know their limitations; the foolish do not.

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As any old Taoist walking out of the woods can tell you, simple-minded does not necessarily mean stupid.

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We don't need to shift our responsibilities onto the shoulders of some deified Spiritual Superman, or sit around and wait for Fate to come knocking at the door. We simply need to believe in the power that's within us, and use it. When we do that, and stop imitating others and competing against them, things begin to work for us.

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By the time it came to the edge of the Forest, the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

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Lots of people talk to animals...Not very many listen though...that's the problem.

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A way of life that keeps saying 'Around the next corner, above the next step,' works against the natural order of things and makes it so difficult to be happy and good.

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From the Taoist point of view, the natural result of this harmonious way of living is happiness.

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Cleverness, after all, has its limitations.

Its mechanical judgments and clever remarks tend to prove inaccurate with passing time, because it doesn't look very deeply into things to begin with.

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Under Confucianism, the use of precisely measured court music, prescribed steps, actions, and phrases all added up to an extremely complex system of rituals, each used for a particular purpose at a particular time.

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Modern man's difficulties, dangerous beliefs and feelings of loneliness, spiritual emptiness,and personal weakness are caused by his illusions about, and separation from, the natural world.

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Well, it takes all kinds to make a mess.

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The urge to grow and develop, present in all forms of life, becomes perverted in the Bisy Backson's mind into a constant struggle to change everything (the Bulldozer Backson) and everyone (the Bigoted Backson) else but himself, and interfere with things he has no business interfering with, including practically every form of life on earth.

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Practically everything from hairstyles to lifestyles is endorsed as some sort of drug to be taken Now for Instant Relief.

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Treat gain and loss the same.' Don't be Intimidated. Don't make a Big Deal of anything - just accept things as they come to you.

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I think, therefore I am confused.

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To Buddha, the second figure in the painting, life on earth was bitter, filled with attachments and desires that led to suffering.

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And when you try too hard, it doesn't work.

Try grabbing something quickly and precisely with a tensed-up arm; then relax and try it again. Try doing something with a tense mind. The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard-one that thinks too much.

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The Infinite Universal Power is more than just a narrow-minded gatekeeper to a spiritual County Club.

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In the Age of Perfect Virtue, men lived among the animals and birds as members of one large family. There were no distinctions between superior and inferior to separate one man or species from another. All retained their natural Virtue and lived in a state of pure simplicity.

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Whether many people realize it yet or not, man, the Inferior Animal, has by now proved himself incapable of keeping his own species - and others - alive for very much longer. So the earth has begun its own plan to set things right.

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